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What are the Admissions criteria?
When reviewing applications and interviewing students, we are looking for examples of the applicant’s success professionally and academically, ability to lead and influence others, and for those who demonstrate a collaborative spirit and a community focus. View our previous class profile.
How does the Admissions process work?
Our admissions process works in the following way. We read all applications after the deadline, and a smaller percentage of applicants are selected based on those reads to move forward in the interview process. This has been our approach for years and it works very well for us. Every application is read and evaluated.
What is the size of the program?
We have approximately 350 MBA students and 50 LGO students per class/year and we do not plan to enlarge the size of the class.
Is there anything we can put in our application to guarantee an interview?
Unfortunately, there is no trick to guaranteeing an interview.
Does an applicant have to travel to Cambridge, MA for interviews?
We conduct interviews at hub cities around the world, as well as on-campus.
How do you evaluate a verbal ability of an applicant?
We look at your verbal test scores and your essays, and we also rely on the interview.
Does MIT let applicants apply as a couple?
You each need to submit a separate application, but there is a question on the application where you can indicate if you are applying with a spouse/significant other.
Is it better to apply in Round I or Round II?
Generally speaking, we receive fewer applications in Round I than Round II, and we admit half of the class in each round. You should apply when your application is ready.
Can I apply in both application rounds?
You can only apply once per year. You’ll have to decide if Round I or Round II is best.
How does the waitlist work at MIT Sloan?
The process is a little different each year, depending on the number of applicants. However, if you are waitlisted in Round I, then you are automatically considered in Round II.
When are interviews for each Round?
Round I interviews will occure in November, and Round II usually occur in February and March.
Does it matter if I submit my application early?
No, it does not matter when the application is submitted as long as it is before the deadline. We begin reviewing all applications immediately following the deadline.
Can you provide feedback on my previous application?
Each year we receive many more applications than places in the class. Unfortunately, we do not have the resources within our staff to give individual application feedback.
Do you accept transfer of credits into the program?
We do not accept transfer credits from other programs.
Do you offer any distance learning and/or part-time opportunities?
We do not offer part-time or on-line MBA opportunities. Our MBA program is full-time for two years and is on-campus only.
Can the application fee be waived?
College seniors graduating from a U.S. institution and active U.S. military personnel may request an application fee waiver by emailing email@example.com prior to submitting your application. Please include your school name, graduation date, and the email address used to create your application. The application fee is non-refundable.
Do you offer deferrals?
Our general policy is not to defer admission, except in the case of college seniors who wish to get work experience before returning to school.
Do you know approximately what percentage of the applicants for Round I will be invited to interview?
We typically interview about 20% of the candidates who apply.
How long does the interview last? How many interviewers are there?
There will be one interviewer, and it will typically last about an hour.
Can you describe the weight of the interview in the final admissions decision?
The interview is a very important part of the application process. The interviewer will typically make the final decision on your admission to the program.
What key attributes are interviewers looking for? What is admissions looking for when interviewing candidates?
We are looking for examples of leadership, integrity, analysis, teamwork, etc. You should have demonstrated examples of these attributes that you can share with us. Be sure to use examples that you did not use in your application. We conduct behavioral based interviews and we are looking at past behaviors to indicate how you would handle future situations. We are looking for specific examples of how you have built relationships, influenced others, and your drive. Additionally, we're looking for English ability.
How is it decided whether a candidate is a "sure yes" for the program?
We have a sophisticated scoring system that evaluates eight different competencies. We are looking for candidates who demonstrate these competencies.
Do you compare all international applicants against each other? Or the comparison is based on country basis?
There are no quotas for international applicants. We review each applicant individually.
Would you be able to provide any insight as to the life cycle of an application after we submit?
Interview invites will go out on a rolling basis up until our final decision deadline. Once you submit your application, it will be reviewed by our admissions committee who are a group of trained professionals on our staff. Once your application is read, we will determine whether or not you will be invited to interview.
Who reads our applications and conducts the interviews? Is it only the admissions office or do MIT Sloan professors participate?
All of the interviews are conducted only by members of the Admissions committee who have read your applications. Professors, current students or alumni are not involved in reading applications or interviewing.
How does the interview process work for international students who live abroad?
We have hub cities around the world where we will conduct interviews. You will be asked in your application to rank your preferences for three cities you would be available to interview.
Are there any programs that connect prospective applicants with current students?
The Ambassador program allows you meet great people on-campus and get answer questions that you may have throughout the year. There are multiple dates for this program planned throughout the fall and spring.
Is there a minimum acceptable GMAT/GRE score?
We do not have any minimums for GMAT or GRE scores. We review all applications holistically, so your GMAT score is one data point among many others that we consider.
Which do you prefer, the GMAT or the GRE?
We do not discriminate between the two, they are viewed equally, and it is not necessary to take or submit both.
What if I took the GMAT or the GRE several times? Do you receive each score?
We only require you to submit your highest test score, so we don't necessarily look at how many times you have tested, or how many different types of test you took. If you are unhappy with your test score, you are free to discuss your scores in your personal essay.
Should I submit a test score with a higher overall score but lower quant score or a test score with a lower overall score but higher quant score?
We would advise you to report to us your highest combined score. We look at both the Quant and the Verbal parts. You may discuss both test results in your supplement essay.
Is it required to have the official GMAT score before the application deadline? Or is it enough to report the unofficial score given on test day and then send the official score after the application deadline?
Yes, we require that the official GMAT/GRE test scores are sent to us by the application deadline. However, we understand that sometimse it takes 1-2 weeks for test centeres to realse the scores, and therefore, it is acceptable if we receive the scores shortly after the application deadline.
If my score is not in the middle 80% for MIT, does the fact that I performed well in Finance, Accounting, and Statistics classes on my undergraduate transcript help? Is this something that the admissions committee will consider in comparison to my GMAT score?
We consider all parts of the application. And for those who don’t score as high on the GMAT, we are really looking at academic experience and quantitative professional experience.
How disadvantageous is a low GMAT score?
We accept candidates with a wide range of test scores. If your GMAT is on the lower side, we'll look to use other parts of your application to balance out that score. For example, we'll look for strong academic work, and quantitative work experience.
Is the TOEFL required to apply to the MBA program?
No, a TOEFL is not required to apply to the MBA program.
Since it is not required to submit a TOEFL, how do you measure English speaking ability?
We measure this during personal interviews. This is our best gage of English ability.
If my transcript is not in English, does it need to be translated?
We require an official translation of all transcripts, if not already in English. Any professional translator in your city can provide this service. If your university is able to do this, we will accept that as well.
Do I need to convert my GPA? What if I did my undergraduate studies outside of the U.S.?
You do not need to convert your GPA for the online application. Simply enter in the grading system used by your school. We are familiar with the various grading systems and can evaluate it on our end. No need to try to translate an international GPA into a US one.
How relevant are previous academic grades to get admitted to the program?
All of your previous academic work is important to us, and we consider it in the evaluation process.
What is your requirement for work experience?
We do not have a work experience requirement, although students have an average of 5 years of work experience. Use your own judgment in deciding the best time for you to pursue an MBA.
Does internship experience count as full time work experience?
We will look at your internship experience, but it is not considered full-time employment.
How do you factor in applicants with advanced degrees?
We consider those with an advanced degree as other applicants. Advanced degrees are additional evidence toward academic success, but are not considered instead of undergraduate transcripts.
If you have been absent from work for a period of time, does it affect the chances of being admitted?
It’s important to address this in your application and explain why you haven’t been working. You may use the optional portion of the application to address this situation.
How do you measure the quality of work experience in such diverse range of experiences?
We have a competency model we use to evaluate candidates. We are looking for candidates to demonstrate evidence of these competencies, and they can come from any type of experience.
Are there specific types of work experience/industries that you look for in potential candidates?
We aren’t looking for any specific industry experience; instead we want to see that you've been successful at whatever it is you've chosen to do prior to the MBA.
Would lack of work experience in a major organization count against me in my application, despite the success of my independent venture?
Absolutely not. It's all how you tell your story. Often working at a small organization or startup provides much more interesting and rich experiences, so you do not need to have experience at a big firm.
Does MIT Sloan prefer students who have more quantitative background, due to MIT’s strength in that area?
We look for candidates who are strong in both verbal and quantitative abilities. We don’t judge one as more significant than the other.
How many students are international?
We have a strong presence internationally, each year about 40% of the class comes from abroad. Our alumni network abroad is also very strong.
Is prior finance background (major and/or work experience in finance) required to do the Finance Track?
We would recommend the Finance Track for any students considering a career in finance in the future, regardless of what you studied in undergrad.
Should I take any finance or accounting courses at a local college prior to applying to the MIT Sloan MBA program, if I have no experience in those fields?
If you feel as though you’re missing a quantitative background from your undergraduate years, you may want to take an economics or a calculus course at a local college. This is not necessary to be admitted however.
Do you advise students to improve their quant academic credentials by taking post-bac courses?
Students don't have to take post-bac courses; however, if you feel the need to bolster your quant ability we would suggest taking micro economics and calculus.
Will it be a disadvantage if I don't have credit in calculus during my undergraduate experience?
It is not a disadvantage at all if you have not taken calculus during your undergrad. We certainly admit students who have not taken calculus, although we may ask you to take the course prior to matriculation if we feel it is appropriate.
MIT Sloan asks for Calculus grade in college. I took a series of Calculus classes back then, so which grade should I report on the application?
You should report your grade for the most advanced level of Calculus you completed (Calc III, for example).
Do you admit applicants from 3-year universities?
Yes. At MIT Sloan, we look to admit a diverse class in all aspects (work experience, citizenship, undergraduate etc.).
How does admissions look upon a candidate who already went through the Sloan Undergraduate program?
We don't get a whole lot of applicants who went through the Sloan Undergraduate program, but by all means apply. You're certainly familiar with us.
How important are extracurricular activities? Is it ok if some are work related?
Your are welcome to share your extracurricular work activities and hobbies in the "optional information" section of the application.
Should I include only professional experience/goals in my essays, or also include some personal interests to paint a more complete picture?
We advise you to paint a clear picture of yourself using a mix of personal and professional examples that best answer our questions.
In the application essays, should all of the content/stories come from within the past three years alone?
We ask that you do please keep all examples to within three years, and the more recent the better. Keep in mind we never ask for “the best example,” but instead “an example.” We hope that you have several recent examples to share with us.
Should I focus on past achievements or future goals in my essays?
Concentrate on your past achievements. Help us better understand you and what you have already accomplished: past performance is the best predictor if future performance. Your essays should focus on what you have already done, your past performance, rather than what you want to do. We do not evaluate you on why you want an MBA or what you intend to do with it afterwards, but do want to get to know you and your interests better.
What is Admissions looking for in the recommendations?
We prefer professional recommendations over peer or personal recommendations. We want to understand your accomplishments relative to your peers and also get representative examples of your professional accomplishments.
What if I own my own business, or work for a family business? Who can I use as recommendations?
We suggest not using family members for recommendations. Recommenders should be people who know you best and can best speak to your leadership development. They should be people who are in supervisory positions to you. You may ask a client, a mentor, or a co-founder for a recommendation in this case.
What if my supervisor changes frequently? Should I submit a recommendation from a current supervisor, or a past supervisor?
Recommenders should be people who know you best and can best speak to your leadership development. This decision is up to you.
Is there a word limit on recommendations?
There is a two page limit for the recommendation letters. There is no word limit as long as they recommendations are up to two pages each.
Is it okay if I translate the recommendation because my boss does not know English?
No, we don't want the applicant to translate the recommendation; either an official translator or the secretary/assistant of the recommender will be fine.
I was wondering as a current graduate student, if a recommendation from a professor makes sense or whether I should ask another work related supervisor to write a letter as my second recommendation?
Typically faculty references aren’t ideal. We are asking several specific questions on the recommendation form, and would like those specific questions answered. They tend to be of a professional nature, so faculty can’t always give great examples to show what we’re looking for.
What if I cannot get a recommendation from my current employer/supervisor because I don’t want to risk losing my job?
If you are unable to get a recommendation from your current employer, you should still find someone who can speak to your accomplishments in a professional setting. In addition, you should use the supplemental essay section to explain why your current employer/supervisor is not represented in your recommendations in order to clarify the situation in your application.
Do you prefer the recommendation in question-answer format, or simply a written essay form? Can I submit more than two recommendations?
We prefer the recommendations in question/answer format. We only accept two letters.
Does MIT Sloan accept peer recommendations from either current MIT Sloan students or alumni?
We do accept letters of support from alums or current students, they can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will attach them to your application as supplemental information. We would not recommend using them as your official recommenders unless they can speak to you from a professional perspective as well (i.e. your direct supervisor also is an MIT Sloan alum).
The optional supplemental information essay asks us to give more information to the admissions committee and future classmates. There is no set format - it can be a written essay or a multimedia option. What are our options for the multimedia format?
There are no restrictions for the format you choose - be creative!
Is a campus visit required?
We do not require a visit to campus. It can only aid you in your decision process when comparing schools, but we will never penalize an applicant for not being able to make the trip here.
Can I visit the MIT Sloan campus and class on my own without an organized visit?
If you are able to come to MIT Sloan for a visit, we will absolutely try to fit you into a class. Drop by the admissions office between Monday and Thursday and we can let you know what’s open on a given day.
Can I meet with current students when I visit?
We have a visitors program called the Ambassadors Program that begins in the middle of September. You would have lunch with students and go to class with them, which is a great way to meet current students and get a feel for if the school is a good fit for you.
Will campus visit be viewed favorably to the application?
Campus visits are designed to help you learn more about the MBA program and our culture on campus. We do not use the campus visit in the evaluation process.
Is it possible to connect with Alumni in my area to hear about their experience?
Does MIT Sloan offer financial aid?
We anticipate that you may require financial assistance and will help you acquire the resources you need to learn. Most MBA students rely on loans to help them finance their graduate education, and some qualify for additional need- and merit-based awards. You can learn more about how to finance your MBA here.
Are there any financial aid/scholarship benefits that favor Round I applicants over Round II applicants?
Applicants in each round have equal access to scholarships and financial aid.
Are there any special fellowships and/or scholarships for international students?
All of our general fellowships/scholarships are open to both domestic and international students. However, for incoming students there are limited scholarships available and are country specific (Chile and UK). During the 2nd year, students can work as a teaching assistant which helps significantly.
Does Sloan provide provisions for loans for international students?
International students are eligible for loans without US cosigners.
Can my spouse get a visa if I’m a student at MIT Sloan?
We can only give our students visas. Typically spouses would need to find sponsorship from their employers in order to work here.
Do scholarships cover tuition and living expenses?
Scholarships cover part of your tuition cost; we don't offer any full scholarships although many students receive different amounts of awards. The status of these rewards is communicated soon after you are notified of your acceptance. See how to Finance Your MBA.
How does MIT Sloan help career changers?
Our Career Development Office (CDO) offers a very robust set of services and support to help students explore new industries and/or job functions. Your cohort will also have a dedicated CDO advisor to meet with you to discuss your interests and opportunities. We also encourage you to take advantage of all of the clubs—your fellow students can be a great resource.
What sort of assistance is provided by MIT to students seeking placements?
A very high percentage of our MBA students have jobs upon graduation, and close to 100% three months out. The Career Development Office does a wonderful job helping students.
Is an internship a mandatory part of the MBA program? Are internships available at MIT Sloan?
It is expected that our MBA will do something over the summer in between the two years: most go off to do internships but some stay on campus in the Trust Center Beehive for Entrepreneurship.
Has the financial crisis impacted on-campus recruiting?
Actually, more companies are coming now than ever, so the group is much more diverse.
What careers networks does MIT Sloan use to help students find summer internships?
Our students partner with our Career Development Advisors in order to prepare for, and find a summer internship and then full time employment.
Do you have many people switching careers?
About 85% of our students are career changers, in some capacity. It is very common for students to use the MBA to change careers. And we have a lot of support here to help you do this.
What type of career services does the MBA program offer for summer internships and/or full-time opportunities upon graduation?
Our career office is very involved with supporting our students. There are many programs in place to help you. You’ll have an advisor assigned to you to make sure you get the support you need.
Do you have a Grade Non-Disclosure policy at Sloan?
We do not have a grade non-disclosure policy. Employers need to ask the interviewee first in order to have their grades released, and this typically happens after a student has already been invited to interview.
How many students build a start-up after the MBA?
Building a start-up is always a dream in the future of many of our students. About 35 students in the class of 2012 actually started companies right away upon graduation.
Is the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Track something you have to apply for in advance as part of the admissions process?
Is it possible for students to participate on two tracks simultaneously?
At this time it is only possible to participate in one track, but there is great fluidity. The tracks require extra weekly seminars, and these meet at the same times.
What percentage of the class follows the Finance Track?
The finance track typically has between 75-100 students.
How do the application for Tracks work? Do you have to apply separately?
If you are interested in participating in a Track, once you are admitted to the program, you will be asked to submit a separate essay to be considered for the Track. You will be asked to submit this essay in July.
Is there a formal technology emphasis/major/certificate in the MBA program? Or do students select their area of specialization with electives only?
There are three tracks available: Finance, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and Enterprise Management. There is also a Sustainability certificate. Otherwise, you can select your electives and gear your MBA to whatever interests you most. Our core is only one semester long.
How many students on average are in the elective courses? How difficult/easy is it to select the courses you want to take?
Elective courses vary in size. On average the size is 50-60 students in each. There is a bidding process to register for electives. 2nd year students get preference in this bidding process, so the most challenging time to get the classes you want is during the 2nd semester of your first year.
Are students allowed to take classes in other Masters programs? With a Healthcare background, I'd love to explore a Healthcare focused MBA. Is that possible?
MBA students make take up to three electives either from outside of MITSloan: other departments at MIT or Harvard. If you are interested in healthcare, we offer a Healthcare Certificate with a wide array of healthcare courses.
What is the typical outline of teaching methods in the first semester core?
It varies and is left up to the professors: for example Organization Processes is more case based whereas DMD is more lecture, homework sets, and exams.
What are the benefits of MIT Sloan’s one-semester core?
MIT Sloan’s one semester core allows you more (and earlier) flexibility in choosing your course work. Completing the five required core courses in the first semester means students can start customizing their degree as early as the Spring of their first year.
Can you talk about life in MIT? How many students get the opportunity to live on campus? Is the MIT campus safe?
Many students choose to live on campus (about 40%), and many also choose to live nearby in off-campus apartments. MIT is a safe campus; however, we are located in a major city so we advise students to remain alert.
How would you define the culture of collaboration at MIT Sloan, and what kind of supportive programs/activities are available for strengthening relationship among students?
The student body as a whole is collaborative. You will work on small teams starting your first semester. You will come to know everyone in your class, and be together for academic, team and social events! There are many opportunities to collaborate across programs through classes, clubs, conferences and different centers on campus. See our Student Clubs and Activities.
Are there any intramural teams within the MBA community?
Lots of students participate in intramurals. See more about Sports and Recreation Clubs.
What is the student culture like at Sloan?
I think the culture is really special here: very much like a small-town environment where everyone knows everyone and really wants to help each out. Plus there's lots of electricity and energy; hope you can come visit.
Is there lot of collaboration between MBA students and other parts of the university?
Absolutely, you'll see a lot of other students in courses (about 1/3 of our courses are cross-listed) plus in activities like the $100K competition, the teams are very mixed (engineers are very popular).
Can you speak to the collaboratie environment at Sloan? From conversations I have had with alum and current students, they seem to stress the collaborative aspect of Sloan to be far greater than the other larger schools in large part due to the smaller size. Do you agree?
I'd say the physical space is definitely conducive to great collaboration. One example is classes that incorporate different disciplines together with students from different majors and different schools. Its a collaborative space for sure!
Typically how many students have spouses, and are there spousal support programs of any sort?
For those with significant others, we do have a Significant Others of Sloan club that hosts many events for couples, significant others, families with children, etc. About 25% come to MIT Sloan with an SO.
How would you describe the ability to interact with faculty while on campus?
The interaction with faculty is amazing. The professors are very open, and students feel very comfortable just approaching them in their office and asking about career advice, project ideas, etc.
What ultimately made you choose MIT Sloan, and what efforts did you take to make sure MIT was the right school for you?
(1) I looked at the placement record on the employment report for the field I wanted to get into. (2) I spoke to current students and attended admit weekends and I really loved the student dynamic and how close everyone was. (3) I'm interested in quantitative finance and there are many faculty here who are pioneers in their field and also faculty who are running their own hedge fund, so I wanted to meet and learn from them.
Can you tell me a little bit more about what makes MIT Sloan distinctive from other Business Schools?
Sloan is a leader in Action Learning. Almost every class you take will have an experiential component, and we have a group of Lab classes that take this to the extreme. We are a small class size (350 MBA students) with a very flexible curriculum (1 semester core, 75% of the time you're here you can choose your own electives) and a very global environment, with multiple opportunities to travel to other countries to learn about culture, industry, and economies there. Plus our culture is quite collaborative.
What is unique about MIT Sloan?
There are many things that make MIT Sloan a unique place. MIT Sloan’s small class size and tightly-knit community are two specific features that appeal to applicants and students alike. Also, the opportunities for live case studies and consulting projects with international exposure (ex. G-Lab) make Sloan unique.
Could you let me know the specific meaning of innovation?
Innovation surrounds the MIT culture. Students are engaging with each other across campus and around the globe. New ideas are taking shape every day at MIT.
What is the single most valuable thing students gain from MIT Sloan’s MBA program?
MIT Sloan students receive practical hands-on learning in a collaborative environment. We develop principled and innovative leaders who graduate and immediately begin to improve the world.
Are there opportunities to be a Teaching or Research Assistant?
Yes, TA and RA positions are available to 2nd year MBA and PhD students which not only help students cover some of their expenses, but also provide students with outstanding exposure to Sloan’s educational and research programs.
Are there any Teaching/Research Assistantships available in the first semester?
There are some TA/RA opportunities in the 1st year, but during the 2nd semester. Our core curriculum is only one semester, so after that you can apply for TA/RA opportunities.
Can students work full-time or part-time while attending full time classes at MIT Sloan?
Some students choose to work part-time around their class schedule.
What kind of research does your MBA faculty do?
Check out Sloan Expertise, a document which talks about what professors are doing research on currently.
How is MIT Sloan differentiating its program and offerings to prepare its students for an international business environment?
We have an incredibly diverse population of students who study here, so everything you do here will have a global focus. In addition, we are partners with leading academic and business institutions around the globe to give our students a unique access. Some of the international programs we offer include: G-Lab, International Study Tours, and exchange programs with LBS and IESE.
How are students connected to the entrepreneurial ecosystem? Are current students given the opportunity to interact with former students that have succeeded as entrepreneurs?
There are many different ways to get support for entrepreneurial endeavors. The Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship supports students interested in starting companies. We have many alums who come to campus to help advise current students.
Do you offer any dual degree programs?
We offer two dual-degree programs. The Leaders for Global Operations program is joint with MIT’s School of Engineering. Program participants earn an MBA and a Master’s in their chosen engineering discipline in two years. The Harvard Kennedy School program enables students to receive two degrees in three years—an MBA from MIT Sloan and a MPA/MPP from Harvard. To enroll in a dual degree program, you apply to each program separately and be admitted to both programs to be considered for the dual degree.
How many students are in the Sloan/Kennedy dual degree program?
The HKS joint degree is popular, typically about 6-15 students each year.
Can students cross-register at other schools?
MIT Sloan students can cross-register at a number of the Harvard graduate schools and also take classes within any department or program at MIT. Taking classes at Harvard depends on the scheduling because Harvard’s academic calendar is different from MIT’s. Up to three courses outside of MIT Sloan can count toward your degree. Of course, we also offer exhange programs, where you will be taking a full course load.
What is the presence of Forte Foundation at MIT Sloan? How many Forte fellows there are per year, and how are fellows chosen?
We are very involved with Forte. We select between 10-15 fellows each year. The awards are funded by MIT, just given in Forte's name. We select recipients based on many factors including strength of application, diversity and connection to and involvement with Forte.
Can you elaborate on the opportunities to work on-site with clients?
All of our lab classes (ie: G-Lab) allow students to get out of the classroom and participate in experiential learning. This action-based teaching method is a hallmark of MIT Sloan’s curriculum.
Can you tell me more about Global Entrepreneurship Lab?
The Global Entrepreneurship Lab (G-Lab) immerses students in a two-semester class and a one-month, on-site consulting experience working side-by-side with entrepreneurs in emerging nations taken during your second year. G-Lab focuses its efforts primarily on entrepreneurial ventures in emerging countries throughout Asia, South America and Africa.
I've read about the biomedical enterprise program (BEP) and the website suggests that the program is being re-evaluated this year. Any updates on if/when we would know if the program is active/inactive?
The BEP is not accepting applications and is unlikely to resume.
Are there opportunities to study abroad?
We have exchange programs with two schools in Europe (IESE in Barcelona, and the London Business School) for a small number of students each year.
Sloan provides quite a few international opportunities. Does Sloan provide similar opportunities within the US (other than treks)?
There are treks within the US as well, e.g. Silicon Valley trek, Warren Buffet trek, Media/Entertainment trek.
Could you address the entrepreneurship program and the opportunities that it offers for students?
Aside from the coursework there are lots of great things going on - the beehive which helps support students starting companies, the 100K business plan competition, the silicon valley trek, the opportunity to meet with many entrepreneurs on campus.
Is it possible to get an emphasis in sustainability (such as Smart Cities) during the program?
We have a Sustainability Certificate.
What's the procedure for considering applicants applying for the LGO program?
You can apply for either engineering or Sloan and regardless of how you apply, you will be reviewed by the same committee. See more about the Leaders for Global Operations program. If you are not admitted into LGO, your application is automatically considered for round II of MBA admissions.
What is the normal background of a typical applicant to the LGO program?
Students come from a diverse array of backgrounds. The strongest candidates have an undergraduate degree in engineering or science (physics, chemistry, or computer science), at least two years of full-time work experience, and possess a strong commitment to working in operations and manufacturing.
How is the LGO courseload different than the typical MBA?
LGOs must fulfill the requirements of both the MBA program and their engineering department, so the courseload is somewhat heavier. The program begins in June, so so students are here all summer taking classes. All LGO students do a 6.5 month internship at one of our partner companies. This typically happens in June of your second year. See a list of our industry partners.
Is it required to have experience specifically in operations to be considered for admittance?
No, this is not a requirement for admissions. We admit students out of consulting or finance each year, for example, who want ot get back to working in engineering. Some students do have previous operations experience, but it's not a hard requirement.
What are the science requirements for admittance into the LGO program? Will an undergradute in business be considered?
We will throoughly review all applications that are submitted; chances of admission may be lower without engineering or science classes.
What's the difference between LGO and the normal MBA when it comes to the management/finance parts taught in the two programs?
The LGOs are considered MBA students. They actually take the full MBA core curriculum in the fall with their MBA classmates; they are in the same classes! On top of their MBA requirements, they are also taking engineering courses.
How do post-MBA employment opportunities differ from LGO candidates and regular MBA candidates? Does one program have an advantage over the other?
Neither program has an advantage over the other. With both business knowledge, and technical skills, LGO students are highly sought after by both partner companies and non-artners. Over 95% of LGO students have normally accepted positions by graduation of each year.
When re-applying, will the admissions committee review both the current and past year’s applications?
If you applied last year, we will review your previous application along with your new application. It’s important to consider this when submitting the new application. You don’t want to be too repetitive of last year’s application, but at the same time there should be some continuity.
Do I need to provide new recommendations if my workplace has not changed?
It is best to include new letters of recommendation. You have a unique opportunity to submit additional information and you should take advantage of this.
What is the biggest mistake you see a re-applicant make?
The biggest mistake re-applicants make is submitting the same exact package as the year before. Obviously something didn’t work the first time around, so this is your chance to adjust your application materials.
Do re-applicants need to re-submit official GMAT scores and transcripts?
You do not need to re-submit your official GMAT score report again, and we do not need a second official transcript.
Do you recommend re-applicants use the optional essay to explain how their candidacy has evolved since they last applied?
You should address this topic in the supplement section of the re-application.
Are re-applicants reviewed first or along with all applicants?
Re-applicants are the first group of applications to be reviewed. Re-applicants are very important to us and you’re sending us an important message if you re-apply. We take this seriously, and we know you’ve probably passed up other opportunities to try with us again. We want you to know you’re getting the full consideration and the first chance at a spot in the next class. It’s important to know that re-applicants are successful in our process. We value your commitment to coming here, and we want students who are committed to MIT Sloan.
What percent of re-applicants have been accepted?
This percent varies, but typically the acceptance rate for re-applicants is a few percentage points higher than our average. So if on average we have a 12% acceptance rate, re-applicants are at about 15–16% acceptance rate.
How do you evaluate a re-applicant’s submission differently than a first-time application?
We are looking for all of the same characteristics as in regular applicants: we are looking for examples of the applicant’s success professionally and academically, ability to lead and influence others, and for those who demonstrate a collaborative spirit and a community focus. But re-applicants are lucky, they have twice as much information that we can draw from (last year’s application and this year’s application).
Should you still highlight some strong experiences even if it means retelling a story?
It is important to be clear on what you’ve been doing since the last time you applied.
Do you have any advice for a re-applicant who was invited to interview the prior year and was rejected? Is it fair to assume that the interview was poor and to improve in that area if the opportunity is presented again?
It’s not safe to assume it was just the interview that didn’t go well. So it’s important to make sure your new written application is strong.
Is it ok to use the experiences from one workplace for all three essays in my re-application?
It’s important to showcase your different talents, and the competencies you demonstrate in each. It's ok If all of your essays come from the same workplace as long as you answer the specific essay questions that we ask.
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